Following our closing remarks at WordCamp Toronto†this weekend, Whitby native Matt Graham asked us about starting a WordPress meetup in his area. My stream-of-consciousness rambling kicked in as I tried to provide as much useful information as I could. Realizing mid-stream that my chatterbox overdrive was doing more harm than good, I promised Matt that Iíd write a follow-up blog post with my thoughts on the subject. SoÖ here it is!
White hats drive in the right lane, while the black Lamborghini is getting pulled over and given a ticket for speeding 50 mph over the limit in the fast lane. Granted, itís quite possible that Lamborghini may never get that ticket as youíre watching it zoom by, but that doesnít mean there isnít a cop just a few miles up the road waiting with a radar gun.
If you donít want something to be seen by your fianceís parents, a future employer, or your grandkids, donít put it on the internet.
The web is a big, stinky museum filled with all sorts of things. Your personal data is not a special exhibit – you’re just one of many. But if you feel particularly sensitive this kind of thing, here’s a solution … don’t put your stuff on the web to begin with. Keep it out of the museum.